University of Washington

New season, new challenges for defending Pac-12 champs

Quarterback Jake Browning’s point in the game against Oregon became a viral sensation amongst UW fans. After snapping the Ducks’ 12-game winning streak in the series, the Huskies will host Oregon this year and look to build a streak of their own.
Quarterback Jake Browning’s point in the game against Oregon became a viral sensation amongst UW fans. After snapping the Ducks’ 12-game winning streak in the series, the Huskies will host Oregon this year and look to build a streak of their own. jbessex@gateline.com

WASHINGTON HUSKIES 2017 FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

Sept. 1

Washington at Rutgers, 5 p.m., FS1

Winless last year in Big Ten (0-9), Scarlet Knights picking bad time to turn page on horrendous season.

Sept. 9

Montana at Washington, 5 p.m., Pac-12 Network

Edgy underdogs? Big Sky Conference’s Grizzlies out of FCS preseason top-25 poll for first time since 1991.

Sept. 16

Fresno State at Washington, 6:30 p.m., Pac-12 Network

Back-to-back weekends at Alabama and the Huskies won’t seem like such a peachy stretch for Bulldogs.

Sept. 23

Washington at Colorado, TBD

Buffaloes bringing eight senior offensive starters and new quarterback (Steven Montez) to rematch of Pac-12 title game.

Sept. 30

Washington at Oregon State, TBD

Should be a ground-and-pound special. Both offenses boast deep pack of hard-nosed yet elusive running backs.

Oct. 7

California at Washington, TBD

It’s Justin Wilcox time at Cal. Last time Huskies faced ex-coordinator-turned-head-coach for first time was 2003.

Oct. 14

Washington at Arizona State, TBD

Jake Browning’s only 400-yard passing day came against this porous secondary in 2015. A desert encore in store?

Oct. 28

UCLA at Washington, TBD

Defense still elite. It’s now up to returning quarterback Josh Rosen, under new offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch, to be same.

Nov. 4

Oregon at Washington, TBD

Doesn’t need to be “pointed” out that Ducks saw their 12-game series winning streak snapped in Eugene last year – 70-21.

Nov. 10

Washington at Stanford, 7:30 p.m., FS1

Cardinal was embarrassed last season on national television (44-6 loss); expect this encounter to be bruising and more competitive.

Nov. 18

Utah at Washington, TBD

Troy Taylor — Browning’s old high school coach — in charge of revamping Utes’ offense to join modern high-flying passing era.

Nov. 25

Washington State at Washington, TBD

Will the Cougars make this a competitive Apple Cup again? They’ve lost the past four by an average of nearly 23.0 points per game.

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